‘Attachment’ is a poetic machine which allows people to send digital messages, images or videos into the air attached to biodegradable balloons.
‘Attachment’s idea began as David Colombini’s diploma project at ECAL (University of Art and Design, Lausanne) in Media and Interaction Design in Spring 2014. In October 2014, the project got support from the Migros Culture Percentage (Grant fund for Digital Culture) to developp the final object. In 2016, the machine was finalized in collaboration with Thomas Grogan and the help of Niklas Hagemann.
Since then the project has been exhibited several times in Europe.
Attachment’ is a poetic concept, a message in a bottle 2.0. Inspired by the rusty machines of Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely, our fully automatic poetic machine will gives physical form to the digital message you send via our website.
First, It will engrave your message onto a thin piece of balsa wood connected by a string to a wooden clip. A balloon stock conveyor is then activated to place a balloon above a helium valve that automatically inflates it. Finally a simple two-piece wooden clip seals the balloon, which is then released into the air where it will travel haphazardly to a potential recipient.
Hardware / Material
Events / Exhibitions
We have been nominated with Attachment for Swiss Design Prize (Category Rado Prize for young talents). Ceremony and result on the 3th of November 2017.
The project will be exhibited there for a week starting from the 4th of November 2017.
Attachment was commissioned by the BBC for a performance at Hull City of Culture 2017 for the National Day of Poetry (Part of Contains Strong Language festival).
Attachment commissioned by SID LEE, New York.
Attachment exhibited for the 30th birthday of Cinekid Festival, Amsterdam.
Attachment at the CLIPPA Poetry Award, National Theatre, London.
Attachment at Bug & Play festival, Zurich
Attachment was exhibited at the Mapping Festival 2016 in Geneva Switzerland.
At Mirage Festival, Lyon, with the support of Pro Helvetia.
Nominated with Attachment for the Swiss Design Prize (Rado Star Prize for Young Talents)
“Attachment” got longlisted for the Lumen Prize 2017 in category Interactive Art
Attachment won the Migros Culture Percentage Grant fund for Digital Culture
Attachment is like a modern-day message in a bottle
Attachment – Balloon-Powered (In)direct Messaging Revisited